KATHY'S KREATIONS 141 East Main Street Ligonier, PA 15658 724-238-9320

KATHY'S KREATIONS
141 East Main Street
Ligonier, PA 15658
724-238-9320
MAY 2011 UPDATE
Dear Knitters & Crocheters,
Spring and Summer 2011 styles for women are romantic and feminine,
with details and embellishment highlighting classic silhouettes. One of our
favorite examples of these feminine details is ruffles! Ruffles are the trendy
look for this season, from casual feminine daytme wear to dramatic
evening pieces. Here at Kathy's Kreations, we'll help you "find your frills"
with some great easy and fun accessories. Try the Potato Chip Scarf,
Barb's Ruffled Scarf or the Marina Cafe Scarf, and update any outfit by
adding flattering ruffled details to your knitting and crocheting. Betcha
can't make just one!
Spring also finds us celebrating the "natural" world, trying to make small
changes in our personal lives to conserve precious resources. Ecological
efforts are habits worth encouraging. It's perfectly "natural" for us to be
supportive of eco-friendly knit and crochet yarns. The perfect way to
welcome the long-awaited warmer weather is with a "spring break" for you!
MAY IS "STITCH WITH COTTON" MONTH
All regularly-priced, 100% cotton yarns (all weights)
in stock are 10% off throughout May 2011
10% Tuesdays are back!
Receive 10% off as many regularly-priced items as you can fit into
your Kathy's Kreations logo tote bag on Tuesdays only
Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday
Kathy is usually away on Wednesday, but the shop is open
We accept Mastercard, VISA, Discover, AX
Private knitting, crochet, spinning, and drop spindle
instructions are available by appointment
Finishing services available
Gift certificates available
Shopping at Kathy’s Kreations has never been easier
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*** GREAT NEW STUFF ***
Spring is here at last and it's time for a classic taste of freshness in our
knitting and crocheting projects. Our newest additions combine a sense
of timeless designs with a feel for up-to-the-minute fashion. Our spring
collection features soft, relaxed, very feminine styles perfect for wearing
when taking time out of your busy life. Classic textures are given a
contemporary twist with delicate cables, scatterings of lace, and elegant
openwork patterns. Garments are practical and eye-catching in refined
shades, scarves have a unique element, accents add depth, and all are perfect for
weekend, workday or any-wear...
New from CLASSIC ELITE comes booklet 9135 "Hot House" ($9.95), which brings
together a range of designs that are perfect for long, lazy days enjoying the garden,
tending the borders or simply taking afternoon tea on the lawn. What could be more
refreshing for the soul! This booklet features one of Kathy's designs, "Brandywine"
(shown upper left). This short-sleeved scoop neck cardigan with three-button yoke
closure is adorned with sideways entwined hearts lace panels and mirrored lace twists
on fronts and back. All designs are worked in CLASSIC ELITE "Classic Silk", a luscious
yarn with a soft hand, available in a beautiful palette of colors ($8.50, 50 grams, 135
yards, 50% cotton/ 30% silk / 20% nylon)...
Did you know that we receive automatic shipment for all new shades of CLASSIC
ELITE "Liberty Wool Print"? Our lastest coloways are 7806 reflecting pool (turquoise, lime,
lilac, teal & off white) and 7809 campfire (orange, purple, caramel & royal blue). New
shades seem to sell as fast as we get them...
Part of CLASSIC ELITE's Verde Collection of environmentally-conscious yarns,
"Katydid" is 100% organic cotton ribbon ($8.95, 50 grams, 90 yards, 100% organic
cotton, CYCA weight #4). Katydid's ribbon construction gives it a quick-knitting gauge
and sophisticated look. This warm-weather yarn comes in a bright, summer-friendly
palette...
What is it about lace that captivates and intruiges us as stitchers? Its lightness? Its
delicacy? Maybe it's the painstaking hours of handwork that go into creating it.
Piecework Magazine May / June 2011 ($6.99) complies its 4th annual lace issue with
stories about lace that are as unique as lacemakers, from a knitted Queen's Lace
doily, to a christening gown with information about reading knitted charts, to the
dragon scarf with Orenburg lace-knitting techniques, to the Yokahama Mama
crochet shawl, to a delicate crochet butterfly. This story of lace is truly extraordinary...
Welcome to spinning! Interweave Knit & Spin is designed for you --- the
comfortable knitter, but beginning spinner. The editors of Spin-Off Magazine went
through nearly 140 issues and a number of INTERWEAVE spinning books
to compile articles and projects that offer the best information for
beginning spinners. There is a wealth on information including tons of
tips, thirty projects to make with your handspun, how-to's for blending,
preparing, and spinning fibers, washing do's and don'ts for wool, plus
a bonus article to help you get the most out of your wheel. Our fave?
Charlene Abrams' "Mitered Square Top" worked in strips...
*** MORE GREAT NEW STUFF ***
New from LISA KNITS is "Strawberry Patch" HT-029 ($5.00) hat,
booties and headband for little girls for the very berry month
of May. All samples were knit with BERROCO "Comfort" ($6.50,
100 grams, 210 yards, 50% nylon / 50% acrylic, CYCA #4). So
cute...
What is it about hand-dyed yarns that sparks our creative spirit? Is it the gorgeous
colorations that can only be achieved on natural fibers? Is it the thrilling surprise
combination of tones and patterning that the fabric produces? Kathy and Betty Lou
searched the extensive Yarn Market at Stitches South and brought back some
outstanding samples of yarns which will start arriving later this summer from MADELINE
TOSH (Vintage, Tosh DK and Tosh Sock), DREAM IN COLOR (Smooshy, Classy and
Everlasting DK), and MALABRIGO (Malabrigo Sock). We have also received new
shades of CLAUDIA HANDPAINTED YARNS fingering weight merino wool for the
CHURCHMOUSE "Linen Stitch" and "Barb's Ruffle" scarves, including artichoke, John B,
spring break, and blue terra cotta...
From Stonehedge Farm & Fiber Mill comes "Shepherd's Wool" ($11.95, 100 grams, 250
yards, 100% worsted spun fine wool, CYCA #4). This yarn sets the standard for topquality handknitting yarns, making heirloom projects affordable. "Shepherd's Wool" is
made from a wonderfully soft merino top. It is worsted spun, meaning it's very smooth
and almost shiny in appearance. It gives great stitch definition for intricate patterns
like lace, cables and knit/purl patterns. With a soft, cushy feel, it also felts well
(including the white!), so you can be confident that your knit, crochet and felted
projects will be outstanding...
Made in the USA, spun in Pennsylvania -- that's important to us. We are pleased to
announce the addition of KRAEMER YARNS worsted weight "Tatamy Tweed" ($6.50, 100
grams, 180 yards, 40% cotton / 60% acrylic, CYCA weight #4). The machine washable
and dryable basic yarn joins the DK weight we've had on our shelves for years. Looks
great and is durable enough for kids and active wear garments...
Oh, baby, baby! Sun protection is so important for tender little heads. KNITTING AT
KNOON "Li'l Sunhats" pattern is once again in stock ($10.50). Choose from six designs -three for baby girls and three for baby boys. In one size, to fit little heads from 18" - 20",
these adorable hats make sun-time cover-up fun and fashionable. Ask to see our
colorful "Pretty Petals" and "Gone Fishin" hats handknit by Marilee Roney from easy
care TAHKI "Cotton Classic" ($6.50, 50 grams, 108 yards, 100% mercerized cotton, CYCA
weight #4). Our "Cotton Classic" display is like a color explosion, as beautiful
as the spring blooms on the Ligonier Diamond...
New from BERROCO is booklet #308 for "Vintage DK" and "Vintage" yarns
($8.50, shown right). These machine washable blends feature a wide color
range, an incredibly soft feel and yardage that goes on and on. It's unique
fiber blend makes laundering a breeze, perfectly suited for easy care
garments for both children and adults...
*** MORE GREAT NEW STUFF ***
Color is the heartbeat of spring fashion. Pleasing colors, in
whisper-soft pastels to blossom brights, have an undeniable
appeal. KNIT ONE, CROCHET TOO "Ty-Dy Cotton" has been a
summer staple on our shelves for years ($15.50, 100 grams, 196
yards, 100% cotton, CYCA weight #4). Still a best-seller, this
smoothly textured multi-color rainbow-dyed cotton yarn is knitter's
eye candy, with the added charm of being soft to the touch. Now there are two new
colors and we've got 'em, #699 oceana and #822 clay (shown upper left). Look for
Kathy's scalloped lace cardi knit with "Ty-Dy Cotton" #289 painted desert colorway in
the next issue of Knitter's Magazine, K-102, arriving later this month...
UNIVERSAL YARNS "Cotton Supreme Batik" ($9.50, 100 grams, 180 yards, 100%
cotton, CYCA weight #4) features a smooth and sumptuous cotton base, plus the
added benefit of self-shading Fair Isle-look colors. Available in eight summery shades,
it coordinates beautifully with the Cotton Supreme solids, both of which are machine
washable and dryable. This yarn is an excellent choice for garments and home dec
items (placemats, wash cloths, coasters, etc.)...
*** COLOR OF THE SEASON ***
There is no doubt that the color orange is first and foremost in this Spring's fashion
lineup, appearing front and center as "the" color of the season. Orange complements
and coordinates beautifully with many other shades, so you can add a little or a lot to
your wardrobe. Try pairing it with turquoise and vibrant shades of blue (think Southwest
landscapes, or wear an orange top with turquoise jewelry -- very appealing!)...
*** EACH ONE, TEACH ONE ***
At the end of the Stitches South conference, Knitter's Magazine editor Rick
Mondragon challenged each knitter and crocheter in attendance to teach at least
one other person to knit or crochet during the upcoming year. In order for each of us
to honor that special someone who taught us to knit or crochet, we at Kathy's
Kreations are encouraging all of our customers to pay it forward. Here are our favorite
items on our bookshelves for teaching beginners:
BOYE NEEDLE COMPANY "I Taught Myself Knitting" and "I Taught Myself Crochet" Kits
$19.95 per kit including needles or hooks, how-to booklet with exclusive helpful hints
and special left-handed section), and basic accessories for getting started...
SUSAN BATES "My Crochet Teacher" ($5.50) featuring easy to follow instructions, clear
diagrams, 30+ projects and special left-handed instructions...
TNNA Needlecraft Resource Library "How To Knit" ($6.95) a comprehensive booklet
including tools of the trade, knit techniques, decreasing and increasing, binding off
stitches, correcting mistakes, gauge and tension, finishing methods, knitting with color,
understanding instructions and much more...
BAR CHARTS quick reference guide "Learning to Knit" and "Learning to Crochet" ($5.95
each) a handy tri-fold laminated guide with the basics of each craft, binder-ready
pre-punched holes...
*** MERCURY IN RETROGRADE ***
One of the interesting side discussions at Stitches South revolved around the planet
Mercury in retrograde. Mercury supposedly rules how we think. We will be adjusting
everything related to thoughts, concepts, ideas, and communication, especially how
technology and material elements play a part in the manifestation of ideas. Treat the
time period as a time of gathering information and go about putting everything in order,
while maintaining the fine art of flexibility.
How does this impact us as knitters and crocheters? Think of it as time for some
creative spring cleaning. Plan out your spring and summer projects, inventory your stash
and fill in with new yarn additions to make innovative garments or gifts. Review your
needle inventory, adding those extra tools and the accessories you are missing.
We'll provide you with a free needle inventory guide to help you get started. Mercury
retrograde provides the opportunity to adjust our thoughts, attitudes and communication about our direction. All of the Mercury retrogrades in 2011 are in fire signs, which
emphasizes the energy, enthusiasm, innovation and spark we put into our activities.
Pick up your knitting needles and crochet hooks -- creativity is in the stars!
*** ORGANIZATIONAL KNITTING TIPS & TRICKS ***
When making a cardigan, always make the band without the buttonholes first. Mark
the buttonhole placement with tiny coilless pins, and leave these pins in place as you do
the other band. When it comes time to sew on the buttons, the placement is already
marked for them...
Freezer bags are wonderful for storing odds and ends of leftover yarn -- write the
weight, fiber and brand info on the outside & tuck a label on the inside. Organize your
patterns according to weight (Mary Lou Fleming uses notebook binders, placing her
patterns into plastic sleeves) and childrens' patterns according to size. Save all pattern
notes inside the plastic sleeve in case you wish to work the pattern again...
To simplify counting rows when working circular knitting, weave a contrasting color of
the same yarn at the increase point as you work. For example, if you are increasing
every 4th round, keep the contrast yarn toward you and take it to the back of the work
after increasing 4 rounds later. After 4 more rounds, bring the yarn to the front. You will
not only know that the increase was worked, but also how many rounds have been
completed...
*** DESIGN-A-SCARF CONTEST THEME ***
Kathy's Kreations will once again sponsor the "Design-A-Scarf" contest at the
Westmoreland County Agricultural Fair, to be held in August 2011. Entry must be a scarf
of original design knitted or crocheted with a natural fiber made in the USA. The pattern
design and yarn label must be submitted with the completed scarf. Prizes are gift
certificates from Kathy's Kreations: 1st place $40; 2nd place $30; 3rd place $20. Entry
dates and deadlines for submissions will be announced by the Fair Association this
summer...
*** A LITTLE DITTY ***
While weavers are loners, and spinners keep quiet
But, two knitters together can make quite a riot!
*** INQUIRING KNITTERS WANT TO KNOW ***
Jane B wants to know: "What does the abbreviation DK mean? Should I work with
two strands of yarn?"
No, Jane, this does not mean to work the yarn doubled. The term refers to double
knitting weight (DK) yarn. This weight knits up at approximately 5.5 stitches per inch on
US #5 or #6 knitting needles, CYCA yarn weight classification#3. It is a good choice for
summer wear or kids' garments.
The terminology is said to have started in Great Britain during World War II, when
factories were short staffed and materials hard to come by. Instead of spinning a sport
weight yarn to be worked at 6 stitches per inch as well as a worsted weight to be knit
at 5 stitches per inch, this in-between gauge could "double" to get either gauge
depending on the size needle used. Some of the more popular summer DK weights
brands on our shelves include CLASSIC ELITE "Provence", BERROCO "Comfort DK" and
KRAEMER "Tatamy Tweed DK". And here's a cute little hat worked in your choice of DK
weight yarn...
*** TWO-COLOR HAT ***
FINISHED SIZE: Infant (Toddler - Child's medium in parentheses)
To fit head circumference: 15" (16.5" - 18")
MATERIALS: Double knitting weight yarn, approx. 50 (75 -100) yards each in two colors;
US size 4 and US size 6 knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
GAUGE: 22 sts = 4" in stockinette stitch with larger needles
GARTER STITCH STRIPE PATTERN
Row 1 (right side): With color B, knit across row.
Rows 2, 3 & 4: repeat row 1.
Row 5: With color A, knit across row.
Row 6: With color A, purl across row.
Rows 7 & 8: repeat rows 5 & 6.
Repeat rows 1- 8 for pattern.
NOTE: carry color not in use up side of work
DIRECTIONS
With smaller needles and color A, cast on 81 (90 - 99) stitches. Work in K1, P1 ribbing for
1/2" (1.5" - 2"), ending with a wrong side row. Change to larger needles. Join color B
and work in striped pattern until piece measures 2.5" (3.5" - 4.5"), ending with a wrong
side row. Break off color B. Work crown with color A.
Crown:
Row 1: *knit 7, k2 tog (knit 2 together); repeat from * across: 72 (80 - 88) stitches.
Row 2 and all wriong side rows: Purl across row.
Row 3: *knit 6, k2tog; repeast from * across: 63 (70 - 77) stitches.
Continue decreasing 8 (9 - 10) sts every odd-numbered row in this manner until 18 (20 22) stitches remain.
Next Row: K2 tog across row. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Draw tail through
remaining stitches and fasten tightly. Sew seam and weave in ends.
VARIATIONS: Use a self-striping yarn or work in stripes of contrasting colors. For larger
size, work with bulky yarn (CYCA weight #5) and US 7 & 9 needles.
© Copyright 2011 Kathy Zimmerman. All rights reserved. For non-commercial
personal or charitable use only. Please do not copy this pattern or sell items made
from this pattern without written permission of the designer, Kathy Zimmerman.
*** WHERE'S KATHY??? ***
--- Slip-Stitch Colorwork Hat; a 6-hour workshop for the Laurel Highlands
Knitting Guild on Sunday, May 15, 2011, Ramada Inn of Ligonier; 9 am 4 pm; $40 fee for non-members (includes lunch); for details, call Kathy at
724-238-9320.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Slip-stitch colorwork technique is an easy way for
beginners and experienced knitters alike to add color and texture to their
projects. Slip-stitch patterns use only one color per row, so complicated-looking
patterns can be mastered quickly. Kathy will discuss the basic how-to's for working this
technique, hints for choosing colors and yarns, as well as tips for interpreting
instructions. The "hands on" class project is Kathy's tweed-stitch hat (now on display at
the shop) which experiments with color combinations as the student learns the
technique.
--- Interweave Knits Summer 2011; read Kathy's Designer Profile and an article about
Kathy's Kreations expertly written by Julie Matthews; we are so pleased that the cover
calls Kathy "The Knitter's Knitter"; this issue will be arriving soon
--- Stitches Midwest August 25 - 28, 2011; Schaumburg, Illinois; teaching classes Knit To fit,
Slip Stitch Sampler; Intro to Combining Lace & Cable; Ruffles, Frills and Scalloped
Edgings. Kathy's "In Living Color" design for Knitter's Magazine K-101 (shown upper
right) will be featured in the Knit To Fit class presentation.
--- 26th Annual Knitter's Day Out; Friday & Saturday, September 9 & 10, 2011; Central PA
College; Summerdale, PA; vendor and teaching All About V-Necks, Make It Your Own
(Fit & Sizing), and the Sideways Knit Cabled Hat (provisional cast on, short rows, and
cable knitting); details available June 2011 online at www.knittersdayout.org
--- Bedford Springs Knittreat; November 3-6, 2011; Bedford Springs Resort & Spa; Bedford,
PA; mini-market vendor and teaching "Button, Button", a technique workshop on
buttonholes methods, buttonhole placement, "ribbing rules" and closure options; for
information, call 412-963-7030 or e-mail www.pghknitandcrochet.com
*** STITCHES SOUTH HIGHLIGHTS ***
Kathy and Betty Lou recently returned from Stitches South in Atlanta, GA, the largest
knitting expo in the South, where Kathy taught 15 hours of classes. Her classes were wellreceived by enthusiastic, happy knitters who welcomed Kathy with traditional Southern
hospitality.
Kathy's design, "In Living Color" (shown upper right) was displayed on a ten foot banner
outside the Market entrance, welcoming everyone to come inside. Her "Kollage Kimono"
was in the spotlight at the Friday evening fashion show. Kathy was the featured guest
designer at the KOLLAGE YARNS booth on Saturday afternoon, where she demonstrated
working cable stitches with KOLLAGE's wonderful square knitting needles (lower left).
Kathy also visited with the folks at the BIJOU BASIN RANCH booth, reviewing her
upcoming vest design for Knitter's Summer 2011 issue. This project is a textured design with
intarsia patchwork insert, knit from "Lhasa Wilderness", a luxurious 75% yak
down /25% bamboo blend.
Favorite new Market "find"? In additon to the MADELINE TOSH and DREAM
IN COLOR handpainted yarns, would you believe recycled earrings made
from aluminum knitting needles? How eco-friendly is that?
Look for more photos of Kathy at the Market and teaching classes at
Stitches South and Stitches West on Facebook (Stitches Expos).
*** CALENDAR OF EVENTS ***
Join the "First Mondays" Knit Club for an evening of knitting & fellowship, at
Panera Bread Greengate; Greensburg, PA on the first Monday of each month:
Mondays, May 2, 2011, and June 6, 2011; 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Come knit with us!
*** “KNIT KNITE" AT KATHY'S KREATIONS Tuesday evenings, May 10, 2011, and June 14,
2011; 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (rsvp please) ***
Join Laurel Highlands Knitting Guild members for an evening of knitting & lots of fun
conversation with experienced knitters. All skill levels are welcome to come, sit & knit!
In the event of nasty weather, please call ahead to make sure we are meeting...
*** FUN FRIDAYS, May 20, 2011, and June 17, 2011; 10 am - 2 pm ***
All knitters & crocheters welcome! An instructor is available for help with your
questions, skill building and how-to's for projects purchased here. Please call ahead to
let us know you will be coming, as space is limited. Please bring your knitting, a snack if
you wish, and a sense of humor. The April date is also "FRILLY FRIDAY", when Tracey will
demo the Cafe Scarf in our hottest new yarn UNIVERSAL "Marina" (free pattern with
yarn purchase). Bring along Crochet Ruffles, Barb's Ruffled Scarf, Molly Scarf, the
Potato Chip scarf or work the Cafe Scarf -- if your project has ruffles (or not), you may
knit or crochet along!
*** RAVELRY 101; Saturday, May 14, 2011, 10 am - 12 noon ***
Have you always wondered what we mean when we
mention "Ravelers"? Well, you can be one too! Come join Jen
Ferrence (tricotlore on Ravelry.com) and learn how this "facebook
for knitters" website can enhance your knitting universe. Aside from organizational
help, Ravelry offers interaction with other knitters worldwide, pattern support from the
designers themselves, and unlimited ideas for your next projects and unused yarns.
Jen's class is perfect for those just getting into technology as well as for advanced net
surfers. Learn how to become a Raveler, and learn how to use the basic functions of
the website. You will receive handouts to help you remember what to do once you
get home. Please bring along a pattern or knitting book for the second part of the
class. Jen will show you how to use the search engines on the website to find the
perfect yarn for your pattern and the perfect pattern for your yarn! Cost is $15*, which
includes the handouts.
*Registration fee must be pre-paid at the time of registration to reserve a space in class. If you
need to cancel, we will refund tuition up to 48 hours prior to the class. After that, we will refund
half of the tuition in the form of a store credit. Unless noted, class fees do not include materials.
Classes without a minimum of 2 students may be subject to cancellation or postponement, at
the discretion of the instructor. Exceptions will be made for bad weather. Students may preregister for classes by calling Kathy’s Kreations at 724-238-9320 or sending e-mail to
[email protected]
Private knitting, crocheting, felting, drop spindle, and spinning lessons available by
appointment. Group classes in a variety of intermediate knitting skills are being
planned, or we would be glad to do a specific class for groups of 4 or more. Kathy's
Kreations has been the helpful hands of experienced knitting for over 31 years !
Nothing beats experience. Kathy's Kreations is now in its 32nd year. We pride
ourselves on staying true to who we are as a yarn shop, the fibers and accessories we
bring to you, our knowledgeable staff, and the value of our products. We appreciate
your friendship and support. KEEP KNITTING AND CROCHETING!
Kathy